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Name: Jason McAteer  
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Date of Birth: 18th June 1971
Place of Birth: Birkenhead
Profession: Footballer
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Jason McAteer (born on June 18, 1971 in Birkenhead, England) is a British-Irish football player.

His primary position is in centre midfield, though he is an able right winger and full back. To date, McAteer has played for five professional clubs: Bolton Wanderers, Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland and currently Tranmere Rovers, as well as winning international caps for the Republic of Ireland, his total transfer values reach over £9 million.

McAteer got his big break aged 20, at local non-league team Marine, when he was discovered by scouts from Bolton Wanderers. He would go on to amass well over 100 appearances for the Trotters over his three year stay. Early in the 1995/96 season, Liverpool captured the midfielder in a £4.5 million deal. He would appear 139 times for his boyhood heroes, scoring 6 goals for the Reds, but was black listed together with several of his colleagues like Jamie Redknapp, Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman at the time for their collective culture of being "Spice Boys" - a derogatory term that signified the team of that time as underachieving playboys in the game.

Towards the end of the 1998/99 season he joined Blackburn Rovers, for £4 million and would help them to promotion to the Premiership in his first full season the following year. In October 2001, he moved on again, to Sunderland for £1million. He made 27 appearances that season, but was unable to prevent the Black Cats' relegation to the First Division in 2002/03. McAteer remained at the Stadium of Light for another year, playing in both legs of the play-off semi-final against Crystal Palace before being released at the end of the year.

Left without a club for the majority of the close season, he then made the decision to head back to Birkenhead, signing a two-year deal with Tranmere Rovers, hoping to play out his career with his hometown club, and trained as a coach ready to embark on a career in that department after his retirement. He was made club captain by manager Brian Little, skippering the side to the League One, play-off semi-finals, where they eventually lost on penalties to Hartlepool United.

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